Where do you demonstrate authorship on the internet? How do you validate the authorship of others? Authorship and authenticity in internet spaces are not always reliable, effective, authentic or legitimate (R.E.A.L.). Applying some critical analysis and judgement is essential. This week we will explore creative commons, reusing digital content, copyright and plagiarism. We also apply guidelines for evaluating web sources for professional and classroom uses.
With the application of Web 2.0 tools, anyone can become an author. Your creative ‘work’ can be published for a world wide audience in minutes of it’s completion, or even before it’s fully polished. The challenge for teachers and students, is determining what is R.E.A.L. – reliable, effective, authentic and legitimate. Who are reliable voices? Who are trusted sources? How can you become an authentic and legitimate voice for education?
By examining the legitimacy of other sources, we can learn how to ensure our own work is R.E.A.L.
There are available tools to apply to web publications to ‘put them to the test’. Putting these tools in the hands of students helps them become critical consumers and producers of web content. This week, we’ll look at few that can be applied to web context, as a student on the journey to becoming a teacher. Let’s begin with collaborative authorship and identifying open and accessible web content. Throughout today's session, you will collect words, terms and ideas that you can use to create a word cloud to represent key concepts from today's work. Collaborating on collecting the words will be done in this ANSWER GARDEN.
You can create your own word cloud using a collection of words and a Web 2.0 word cloud creators to capture your ideas. Post your word cloud on your Digital Portfolio blog site and explain how it relates to digital teaching and learning from your perspective.
There are many word cloud creators - a few you may like to explore include Wordle, Tagxedo, Tagul, ABCYa-Word Clouds for Kids, & Word It Out. Activating your thinking - what's reliable, effective, authentic or legitimate? Let's begin to build our understanding of how to discern the R.E.A.L. nature of web resources.